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Fellow Birders:   

The Audubon Center at Riverlands, the St. Louis Audubon Society, the  
Trumpeter Swan Society, and the Audubon Society of Missouri are partnering this  
year in the Great Rivers Trumpeter Watch.  From 1990-2010 Missouri  
observers have recorded the highest number of Trumpeter Swans wintering in  states 
south of the 40th parallel with sightings in 41 of 114 counties.   RMBS is 
the single most important wintering site of the southern states with  counts 
of 500+ individuals in the past few years.
 
The goal of this program is to accurately count the number of swans  using 
the area around the great rivers this winter for the Trumpeter Swan  
Society.  They post this information on their website and send it on  to wildlife 
biologists and managers throughout the Mississippi  flyway.  In this area 
there will be bi-monthly counts at various locations  of the number of swans 
and their activity, conducted at the same time to achieve  this accurate 
count.  Trained volunteers will be assigned to these  areas and will complete a 
simple reporting form on line after their observation  period.  The proposed 
areas to be covered are:
 
Two Rivers NWR (Swan & Gilbert  Lake)           Confluence  SP
Portage Des  Sioux                                         Cora  Island 
(Big Muddy)
RMBS                                                            Fields 
around RMBS & Cora Island
CBCA
 
There will be an orientation and training session for volunteer  observers 
on Tuesday, December 6 at 9:00 am at the Audubon  Center at Riverlands.   
The first monitoring date will be  Tuesday, December 13 at 8am .  Additional 
dates will be  chosen in the near future and January dates will coincide with 
a national count  conducted for the Trumpeter Swan Society.  For additional 
information,  please visit the web sites for the Trumpeter Swan Society and 
the Audubon  Center.
 
_http://riverlands.audubon.org/_ (http://riverlands.audubon.org/) 
_www.trumpeterswansociety.org_ (http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/) 
 
If you are available to assist in the Great Rivers Trumpeter Watch or have  
any questions, please contact me by email by Tuesday, November 29, so we 
have an  idea of the number participating.  You can participate even if you 
aren't  available for the 12/13 date or the training session.   There will be  
sites available that require little or no walking and can be done by car.
 
Thank-you on behalf of all of the organizations involved, and I hope that  
you will be available to help with this important study.  WE NEED  YOUR 
HELP! 
 
Pat Lueders, St. Louis Audubon & ASM
 
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